Group Leader and Research Scientist

Tel: +43 1 51581-2503
Email: eva.reinisch(at)

Scientific IDs:
ORCID: 0000-0002-1400-5473
Scopus Author ID: 35751504700
Research Gate: R-1646-2016

Academic Background

Eva Reinisch studied general linguistics at the University of Vienna, where she graduated in 2005. From 2006 to 2009 she was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After finishing her thesis titled "Processing the fine temporal structure of spoken words", she held PostDoc positions in the US at the Department of Psychology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), as well as back at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Having received a stipend from the Humboldt Foundation at the end of 2012, she moved to Munich, Germany, for her project "Do you hear who is talking? Speaking rate normalization in multiple-talker environments". She stayed at the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), Munich, for additional projects and got her "Habilitation" in 2016 with the cumulative thesis "Perceptual learning in speech: insights into the mechanisms of speech processing and phonetic category representation". From 2015-2020 she was the PI of an Emmy-Noether Research Group funded by the German Research Council (DFG). The project was titled "The impact of auditory feedback on error monitoring and phonetic category representation in a second language." In 2019 she was interim professor and chair of the Institute of General Linguistics at LMU Munich. At the end of 2019 she joined the Acoustics Research Institute as the group leader of the Acoustic Phonetics group.

Current Research

See her detailed CV and publications list at and her Research Gate account.


ARI Publications

  • Schmid C.; Reinisch E.; Klier C.; Eisenwort B. (2023) Assessment of first language adds important information to the diagnosis of language disorders in multilingual children. neuropsychiatrie, Bd. 2.
  • Reinisch E.; Mitterer H. (2023) Selective adaptation of German /r/: A role for perceptual saliency. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, Bd. 85(1), S. 222-233.
  • Reinisch E.; Bosker H.R. (2022) Encoding speech rate in challenging listening conditions: White noise and reverberation. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, Bd. 84, S. 2303-2318.
  • Derawi H.; Reinisch E.; Gabay Y. (2022) Increased reliance on top-down information to compensate for reduced bottom-up use of acoustic cues in dyslexia. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Bd. 29, S. 281-292.
  • Pucher M.; Kranawetter K.; Reinisch E.; Koppensteiner W.; Lenz A. (2022) Perceptual effects of interpolated Austrian and German Standard varieties. Speech Communication, Bd. 141, S. 107-120.
  • Reese H.; Reinisch E. (2022) Cognitive load does not increase reliance on speaker information in phonetic categorization. JASA Express Letters, Bd. 2, S. 055203.
  • Llompart M.; Reinisch E. (2021) Lexical representations can rapidly be updated in the early stages of second-language word learning. Journal of Phonetics, Bd. 88, S. 101080.
  • Llompart M.; Eger N.; Reinisch E. (2021) Free allophonic variation in native and second-language spoken word recognition: the case of the German rhotic. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, Bd. 12, S. 711230.
  • Mitterer H.; Eger N. A.; Reinisch E. (2020) My English sounds better than yours: Second-language learners perceive their own accent as better than that of their peers. PLoS ONE, Bd. 15(2), S. e0227643.
  • Llompart M.; Reinisch E. (2020) The phonological form of lexical items modulates the encoding of challenging second-language sound contrasts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Bd. 46(8), S. 1590-1610.
  • Bosker H.-R.; Sjerps M. J.; Reinisch E. (2020) Spectral context effects are modulated by selective attention in "cocktail party" settings. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, Bd. 82, S. 1318-1332.
  • Bosker H.-R.; Sjerps M. J.; Reinisch E. (2020) Temporal contrast effects in human speech perception are immune to selective attention. Scientific Reports, Bd. 10, S. 5607.
  • Reinisch E.; Juhl K. I.; Llompart M. (2020) The impact of free allophonic variation on the perception of second language phonological categories. Frontiers in Communication: Language Sciences, Bd. 5:47.
  • Reinisch E.; Penney J. (2019) The role of vowel length and glottalisation in German learners' perception of the English coda stop voicing contrast. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, Bd. 10(1):18, S. 1-26.

Other Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Eger, N. A., Mitterer, H., & Reinisch, E. (2019). Learning a new sound pair in a second language: Italian learners and German glottal consonants. Journal of Phonetics, 77, Article number 100917. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2019.100917
  • Eger, N. A. & Reinisch, E. (2019). The impact of one's own voice and production skills on word recognition in a second language. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 45, 552-571. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000599
  • Eger, N. A. & Reinisch, E. (2019). The role of acoustic cues and listener proficiency on the perception of accent in non-native sounds. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 41, 179-200. doi: 10.1017/S0272263117000377
  • Gabay, Y., Najjar, I.-J., & Reinisch, E. (2019). Another temporal processing deficit in those with developmental dyslexia: the case of normalization for speaking rate. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62, 2171-2184. doi: 10.1044/2019_JSLHR-S-18-0264
  • Llompart, M. & Reinisch, E. (2019). The robustness of lexical representations in a second language relates to phonetic flexibility for difficult sound contrasts. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 22, 1085-1100. doi:10.1017/S1366728918000925
  • Llompart, M. & Reinisch, E. (2019). Imitation in a second language relies on phonological categories but does not reflect the productive usage of difficult sound contrasts. Language and Speech, 62, 594-622. doi: 10.1177/0023830918803978
  • Llompart, M. & Reinisch, E. (2018). Acoustic cues, not phonological features, drive vowel perception: Evidence from height, position and tenseness contrasts in German vowels. Journal of Phonetics, 67, 34-48. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2017.12.001.
  • Mitterer, H., Reinisch, E. & McQueen, J. M. (2018). Allophones, not phonemes in spoken-word recognition. Journal of Memory and Language, 98, 77-92. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2017.09.005
  • Bosker, H.-R. & Reinisch, E. (2017). Foreign languages sound fast: evidence from implicit rate normalization. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 8, Article 1063. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01063
  • Bosker, H.-R., Reinisch, E. & Sjerps, M. J. (2017). Cognitive load makes speech sound fast, but does not modulate acoustic context effects. Journal of Memory and Language, 94, 166-176. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2016.12.002
  • Llompart, M. & Reinisch, E. (2017). Articulatory information helps encoding lexical contrasts in a second language. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43, 1040-1056. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000383
  • Mitterer, H. & Reinisch, E. (2017). Surface forms trump underlying representations in functional generalizations in speech perception: the case of German devoiced stops. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 32, 1133-1147. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2017.1286361
  • Mitterer, H. & Reinisch, E. (2017). Visual speech influences speech perception immediately but not automatically. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79, 660-678. doi: 10.3758/s13414-016-1249-6
  • Reinisch, E. (2016). Speaker-specific processing and local context information: the case of speaking rate. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37, 1397-1415. doi: 10.1017/S0142716415000612
  • Reinisch, E. (2016). Natural fast speech is perceived as faster than linearly time-compressed speech. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 1203-1217. doi: 10.3758/s13414-016-1067-x
  • Reinisch, E. & Mitterer, H. (2016). Exposure modality, input variability and the categories of perceptual recalibration. Journal of Phonetics, 55, 96-108. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2015.12.004 
  • Dingemanse, M., Schuerman, W. L., Reinisch, E., Tufvesson, S., & Mitterer, H. (2016). What sound symbolism can and cannot do: testing the iconicity of ideophones from five languages. Language, 62, e117-133. doi: 10.1353/lan.2016.0034 
  • Mitterer, H. & Reinisch, E. (2015). Letters don't matter: No effect of orthography on the perception of conversational speech. Journal of Memory and Language, 85, 116-134. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2015.08.005 
  • Sjerps, M. J. & Reinisch, E. (2015). Divide and conquer: how perceptual contrast sensitivity and perceptual learning cooperate in reducing input variation in speech perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 710-722. doi: 10.1037/a0039028 
  • Reinisch, E., Wozny, D., Mitterer, H. & Holt, L. L. (2014). Phonetic category recalibration: What are the categories? Journal of Phonetics, 45, 91-105. doi: 
  • Reinisch, E. & Holt, L. L. (2014). Lexically-guided phonetic retuning of foreign-accented speech and its generalization. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 539-555. doi: 10.1037/a0034409 
  • Korecky-Kröll, K., Dressler, W. U., Freiberger, E., Reinisch, E., Mörth, K. & Libben, G. (2014). Morphonotactic and phonotactic processing in German-speaking adults. Language Sciences, 46, 48-58. doi: 10.1016/j.langsci.2014.06.006
  • Mitterer, H. & Reinisch, E. (2013). No delays in application of perceptual learning in speech recognition: evidence from eye tracking. Journal of Memory and Language, 69, 527-545. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2013.07.002 
  • Reinisch, E., & Sjerps, M. J. (2013). The uptake of spectral and temporal cues in vowel perception is rapidly influenced by context. Journal of Phonetics, 41, 101-116. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2013.
  • Reinisch, E., Weber, A., & Mitterer, H. (2013). Listeners retune phoneme categories across languages. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 75-86. doi:10.1037/a0027979 
  • Reinisch, E., Jesse, A., & Nygaard, L. C. (2013). Tone of voice guides word learning in informative referential contexts. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 1227-1240. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.736525
  • Reinisch, E., & Weber, A., (2012). Adapting to suprasegmental lexical stress errors in foreign-accented speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132, 1165-1176. doi: 10.1121/1.4730884
  • Korecky-Kröll, K., Libben, G., Stempfer, N., Wiesinger, J., Reinisch, E., Bertl, J. & Dressler, W. U. (2012). Helping a crocodile to learn German plurals: Children's online judgment of actual, potential, and illegal plural forms. Morphology, 22, 35-65. doi: 10.1007/s11525-011-9191-8
  • Reinisch, E., Jesse, A., & McQueen, J. M. (2011). Speaking rate from proximal and distal contexts is used during word segmentation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 978-996. doi: 10.1037/a0021923
  • Reinisch, E., Jesse, A., & McQueen, J. M. (2011). Speaking rate affects the perception of duration as suprasegmental lexical-stress cue. Language and Speech, 54, 147-166. doi: 10.1177/0023830910397489
  • Reinisch, E., Jesse, A., & McQueen, J. M. (2010). Early use of phonetic information in spoken word recognition: Lexical stress drives eye-movements immediately. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 772-783. doi:10.1080/17470210903104412

Book Chapters and Editorials

  • Reinisch, E. & Mitterer, H. (2020 in press). Phonetics and eye-tracking. in Knight, R.-A., & Setter, J. (Eds). The Cambridge Handbook of Phonetics. Cambridge, UK: CUP. Chapter 18.
  • Harrington, J., Pouplier, M. & Reinisch, E. (2019). Introducing abstraction, diversity, and speech dynamics [Editorial].Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology 10(1): 12, 1–5. doi:10.5334/labphon.205

Proceedings Papers

  • Wolfwinkler, K. & Reinisch, E. (2016). The impact of accent familiarity on the perception of difficult sound contrasts for German learners of English. in: Draxler, C. & Kleber, F. (eds.) Proceedings of the 12. Conference on Phonetics and Phonology in the German Speaking Countries. Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany. (pp. 232-236).
  • Reinisch, E. & Mitterer, H. (2015). Perceptual learning in speech is phonetic, not phonological: evidence from final consonant devoicing. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK.
  • Schindler, C. & Reinisch, E. (2015). Tracking the temporal relation between speaker recognition and processing of phonetic information. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK.
  • Bosker, H. R. & Reinisch, E. (2015). Normalization for speechrate in native and nonnative speech. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK. 
  • Reinisch, E. & Weber, A. (2011). Adapting to lexical stress in a foreign accent. in: Lee, Wai-Sum & Zee, Eric (eds.) Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Hong Kong, China: Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong (pp. 1678-1681). 
  • Reinisch, E., Jesse, A., & McQueen, J.M. (2008). The strength of stress-related lexical competition depends on the presence of first-syllable stress. Proceedings of Interspeech 2008 (p. 1954). Brisbane, Australia.
  • Reinisch, E., Jesse, A., & McQueen, J. M. (2008). Lexical stress information modulates the time-course of spoken-word recognition. Proceedings of Acoustics'08 (pp. 3183-3188). Paris: Société Française d'Acoustique.